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 The longest rail bridge, is 4.62 km-long  across the Vembanad lake in Kerala. is part of an 8.86-kilometre link, stretching from Idappally to Vallarpadam opened on 2 nd april 2010.



The first train on Indian soil ran between Bombay to thane on the 16th of April, 1853

 IR has about 63000 route kms of track

 

IR employs about 1.6 million people

 

IR carries over 13 million passengers & 1.2 million tonnes of freight every day

 

IR runs about 12,000 trains daily

 

IR has nearly 8,000 Railway stations

 

The longest journey on the IR is from Jammu Tawi to Kanyakumari, a distance of about 3,751 kms. covered by Himsagar Express in about 70 hrs.

 

The longest railway platform in the world is at kharagpur & is 2,733 ft. in length.

 

NEHRU SETU on river Sone is the longest railway bridge

 

The longest tunnel is on Konkan Railway which is 6.5 km in length.

 

Kolkatta METRO is the 1st and only underground railway system in India

 

Computerised Reservation System started at Delhi in 1986.

 

IR's first electric train ran on 3rd February, 1925 between Bombay VT - Kurla

 

Toilets on trains were introduced in 1891 in 1st class & in 1907 in lower classes.

 

42 railway companies operated in the country before independence.

 

IR is presently divided into 16 Zonal Railways.

 

Fairy Queen (1855) is the oldest preserved locomotive in working order.

 

The manufacture of steam locomotives in country stopped in 1972.

 

Diesels locomotives are manufactured at DLW, Varanasi

 

Electric locomotives are manufactured at CLW, Chittaranjan.

 

Coaches are manufactured at ICF/Madras, RCF/Kapurthala & BEML/Bangalore.

 

IR's fastest train is the Bhopal Shatabdi which runs at a speed upto 140 kmph.

 

Ist AC, 2nd AC, 3rd AC, AC Exec. Chair Car, AC Chair Car, First Class, IInd Sleeper & IInd ordinary are the various classes of travel on the IR.

 

IR's only Rack & Pinion system type of line is from Mettupalaiyam to Coonoor.

 

The National Rail Museum at New Delhi was set up in 1977.

 

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has been bestowed the status of a 'World Heritage Site'.

 

The total distance covered by the 12 thousand trains on the INDIAN RAILWAYS every day, equals three & a half time the distance to moon.   

 

The second largest railway network in the world and the largest civilian organisation under a single management.


FIRST ELECTRIC  TRAIN , LOCO AND EMU ON INDIAN RAILWAYS


     
FIRST ELECTRIC LAMP      
1879 BY THOMAS ALVA EDISON      
         
         
         
FIRST TRAIN ON ELECTRIC TRACTION  IN INDIA    
3rd FEB 1925 FROM VT TO KURLA  (ON HARBOUR LINE)    
         
         
LOCO        
         
1928 FIRST DC ELECTRIC LOCO EFI IMPORTED    
1960 FIRST DC ELECTRIC LOCO WAM1 IMPORTED    
1961 FIRST INDIGENOUS DC ELECTRIC LOCO WCM5(CLW) "LOKMANYA" AT ELS KALYAN  
1971 FIRST INDIGENOUS AC ELECTRIC LOCO WAM4    
         
         
         
EMU        
1928 FIRST EMU WCU 1 (IMPORTED)    
1960 FIRST INDIGENOUS EMU WAU 1 (JESSOP)    
       
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